Portsmouth shopping festival so far proving to be a hit

Portsmouth has hosted a shopping boutique
Portsmouth has hosted a shopping boutique
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A SHOPPING festival in Portsmouth has already welcomed hundreds of visitors to celebrate the retail offering in the city.

And there is another week of events, organised by Portsmouth City Council.

Live music, markets selling food from a whole host of different cuisines and a film festival will add to the events and discounts being put on by independent businesses in Portsmouth.

Jane Wilson, destination brand manager at the authority, said the first week of the festival had gone well.

She said: ‘We have had a really good response so far. We have had a lot of local talent performing at the events over the weekend. They will be back from Friday to Sunday in Guildhall Square.

‘Unfortunately there were not that many people who came out to some of the events but we have had fantastic performers on stage.

‘The Sherlock trail is well under way now. We have got Diary of a Shopaholic showing in Guildhall Square on the big screen on Saturday,

‘We have got a wide range of stalls out in Guildhall Square all week until Sunday now and the Sherlock trail is under way.

‘There is also a competition to guess the amount of sweets in a container running all week at Southsea Library.’

A number of independent retailers are continuing to hold celebratory events, competitions and discounts.

To find out more, see visitportsmouth.co.uk.